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Ballot Question Committees (Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics & Election Practices) 

11-01-2022 08:13 PM

Most organizations that raise or spend money to initiate or influence a statewide ballot question in Maine form a political action committee (PAC) for that purpose, and file campaign finance reports with the Commission. Some advocacy, charitable, or other organizations do not qualify as PACs under the Election Law, but they are interested in raising and spending money to influence a ballot question.

If your organization does not meet the definition of a political action committee as defined in 
21-A M.R.S.A. §1052(5), but receives or spends more than $5,000 to initiate or influence the outcome of a statewide ballot question, then your organization would be considered a ballot question committee and would have to register and file campaign finance reports with the Commission.

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